Fjords Recliner Chairs Reviews


Are you suffering with chronic back pain?  Your furniture might be making things worse for you.  

Most living room furniture isn’t designed with your back and posture in mind, and because of that, a lot of chairs are either too low, or doesn’t provide proper lumbar and upper back support.  Either way, the bottom line is that your furniture could be working against you by fostering bad posture habits.

The good news is that there’s an easy fix for that.  While ergonomically designed furniture is still just a small slice of the overall market, it is rapidly growing and there are now a number of respected brands offering great designs at prices to suit every budget.

If you live in the United States, you’ve probably never heard of Fjords, but they’ve a huge presence in the European market, and have been making high-quality furniture for more than seventy years. 

They’re also one of the first companies to have embraced ergonomic furniture design, and as such, there are few companies that do it better.  The Hjellegjerde Fjords recliners reviews you find all over the internet reflect this.  They’re simply exquisite products.

Fjords Hjellegjerde makes a broad range of furniture, including Fjords office chairs, sofas, and the like, but we’ll be looking primarily at their extensive collection of Fjords leather recliners in this piece. 

Broadly speaking, Fjords leather recliners can be broken down into four different segments. These are:

Euro-Swivel Frame
  • Muldal
  • Bergen
  • Mustang
  • Loen
  • Senator
  • Manjana
  • Regent
 Euro-Ami Fusion
  • Ulstein
  • Oslo
  • Madrid
  • London
  • Norddal
  • Atlantis
Euro-C Frame
  • Trandal
  • Admiral
  • Giske
Experimental Chairs
  • Phoenix
  • Lobster

Before we go into more detail about each of these product lines and the chairs themselves, let’s start by giving you a broad overview of each segment so you can compare and contrast them:

About Fjords Recliners

Euro-Swivel Frame Series

The Muldal recliner (often referred to on Amazon as the "Fjords Norwegian recliner") is the “entry level” chair in the Euro-Swivel Frame series, and was our overall winner in our recent roundup review and consistently wins high praise from Fjords recliners reviews around the web. 

Logo of Fjords Recliners

As such, it will probably come as no surprise that the rest of the chairs in this section of the company’s product line are fantastic as well, although in our view, offering slightly less in terms of overall value. Still, if you have money to spend, then you’re going to love some of the other chairs in this segment of the company’s product line.

Euro-C Frame Series

In a similar vein, the three chairs in the “Euro-C Frame” product line represent the bleeding edge of Fjords’ ergonomic recliner designs.  They’re the most expensive chairs the company makes, but if money’s no object, they’re probably going to be among your favorites.

Euro-Ami Fusion Series

Then there’s the “Euro-Ami Fusion” product line.  These chairs are interesting because they look and feel a lot more like the recliners that Americans are used to sitting in, but there are subtle design differences that betray their European origins.

If you love American-style recliners, can’t quite fall in love with the company’s other models, and are looking for something just a little bit different, then you’re probably going to like what you see in this section of our brand review.

Experimental Chairs

Finally, the company has a tendency to just let their design teams play to see what they come up with, thus, Fjords’ two “experimental” chairs.

We won’t be covering these in any detail.  Not that these aren’t great chairs in their own right – they are! And not only that, they’re incredibly innovative designs, but stellar design and inspiration are not enough.

Our focus here is on ergonomic, reclining lounge chairs.  Unfortunately, the Lobster Chair, while absolutely stunning, is the only chair we’ve found in the Fjords lineup that doesn’t have ergonomic features built in, which takes it out of the running for us.

The Phoenix Chair is amazing and an ergonomic design, but it’s a side chair, not a lounger, and it has no recline function, so it too, is being left out of the mix.  Having said that, if you’re looking for great side chairs, we do recommend them both, although of the two, we regard the Phoenix as superior, both aesthetically and for our purposes, given its ergonomic features.

So, let’s take a closer look at each chair in each of the other three product lines.

Euro-Swivel Chairs – An Overview

As you can see, all of the Euro-Swivel chairs are quite close in terms of their overall ratings.  What few differences there are exist at the margins, with two models (the Mustang and Regent) adding extra padding and an extra pillow for an even more comfortable seating experience.  The somewhat more minimalist Senator is the only real departure, and even it may be an excellent option, depending on your home décor scheme.

Fjords Euro-Swivel Series' entry level chair, the Muldal, in off-white upholstery

Overall though, the Muldal wins the day as the best overall value, as in our view, the few tweaks and enhancements that the other chairs offer aren’t terribly significant. 

Obviously, it’s worth paying extra if you like the design of one of the other models more, but in terms of feature set and functionality, the Muldal has most everything the others offer, and it costs less.

As to the standard features on offer here, they are as follows:

Adjustability & Customization

There’s a lot to say here, because when you order a chair from Fjords, you have a staggering number of options to choose from at the point of sale.  Let’s start with upholstery options and wood finishes.

Upholstery Options

Color and upholstery finishing options are broken into three groupings:  The Nordic Line, Softline, and the Astro Line. Note that not all options are available in all models.  The Muldal, for instance, is only available with Nordic Line upholstery options, while most of the other chairs (the Regent being the exception) are available in all three, which is one of the reasons they cost a bit more.  

Here are the details on the color lines:

  • Nordic Line
  • Softline
  • Astro line
  • Off white
  • Nature
  • Red
  • Boudreaux
  • Walnut
  • Snow
  • Sandel
  • Cappuccino
  • Havana
  • Stone
  • Black
  • Granite

Nordic Line vs. Softline vs. Astro Line

These three lines are more than just a different collection of colors though.  

The Nordic Line offers high quality leather upholstery treated to be more resistant to both liquids and the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.  This upholstery stands up well over time and is ideal for furniture that is to be heavily used.

The Softline is a suppler finish, designed to maximize comfort.  The tradeoff is that it’s not quite as stain and sun resistant as the Nordic Line.

The Astro Line is a semi-aniline upholstery finish, meaning that pigments have been applied to the leather to even out tones, mask blemishes and make the upholstery extraordinarily more resistant to stains, wear, and the harmful effects of the sun.

Illustration  of Nordic Line vs. Softline vs. Astro Line Upholstery Colors

The upholstery here is thicker than the other two, while still retaining much of its natural softness and comfort.  This is the most durable of the upholstery options.

Wood Base Options

Additionally, the wood base can be ordered in:

  • Light Oak
  • Walnut
  • Teak
  • Cherry
  • Espresso
  • Black
A chart of the Wood Base Options of Fjords Recliners

Chair Size and Configurations

On top of that, each of these Fjords recliners can be ordered in either “large” or “small” configurations.  This is a description of the seat depth and seat width.  If you’re a shorter person, you know the dilemma.  If you’re sitting in a chair that’s just too big for you, then your knees won’t bend if you’re sitting all the way back in the chair, because the seat is so deep that they physically can’t. 

Offering each model in two different size configurations is Fjords’ solution to that problem. 

  • The smaller variant of each model has a seat width and depth roughly 2” less than their larger cousins. 
  • The larger models in this line measure: 41 ¾” x 31” x 31 ½,” and have a seat height of 17 ¾.”

Put all of this together and you get a comprehensive set of menu options that allow you to design exactly the chair you want, ensuring a perfect “fit” into whatever home décor scheme you have.

Comfort

Comfort-wise, while there are a few differences from one model to the next (which will be noted below), all of the chairs in this product line are incredibly comfortable, utilizing “cold cured” foam for padding

An illustration of Cold-Cured Foam Padding under PU Leather Upholstery

Cold-Cured Foam Padding

There are two things that set cold-cured foam apart from the standard block foam used to pad so many other pieces of furniture:

  • First, it tends to be more comfortable.  It’s not quite memory foam (which would be dramatically more expensive), but it’s a fairly close approximation, and gives you the feeling of being gently embraced by the chair when you sit in it. 
  • Second, the cold-curing process helps the foam padding retain its shape over the long term, meaning that it won’t break down and start sagging after just a few years of use, which helps it retain its comfort level over the long term and makes for a better-looking product.


Ottoman Design

You’ll also note that the ottoman isn’t level, but built at a slant, which makes for a more relaxing seating experience and encourages better blood flow and circulation to your lower extremities.  A nice, subtle touch that further enhances the overall comfort of all of these chairs.  Like the chair itself, the Ottoman features cold-cured foam, and is amazingly comfortable.

Ergonomic Support

Of course, we wouldn’t be talking about these chairs at all if they didn’t have full ergonomic support for both your lumbar region and your upper back.  These features combined with the inherent comfort of the chairs to begin with just make them a joy to sit in. 

Recline Function

Unlike conventional, lever-action recliners, these Fjords recliner chairs see the recline function controlled via the company’s patented “Active Release” system.  The chair back is mounted on glide rails which adjust the angle of recline based on the weight of the person sitting in the chair.  Simply grip the arms and push back gently and you’ll recline to the perfect angle, automatically.  When you’re ready to get up, simply lean forward and the chair will automatically move with you, helping you out of it.

Storage & Extras

None of these chairs come with magazine pouches or storage pockets, and honestly, you won’t miss them.  In fact, we’ve never seen any Fjords recliner reviews that mentioned it as a negative

If they were present, they would detract from the design.  You can tell that the company put all of their focus into making the best, most comfortable chair they possibly could, to the point that “extras” like these are rendered unnecessary.

The only “extra” you’ll find on offer in this product line is the fact that the seats swivel on their bases, which makes reaching the remote, phone, or magazine stored on a nearby side table a bit more convenient.

Fjords Mustang with Ottoman in Black upholstery

Ultimately what it comes down to then is finding the model that has the “right” aesthetic for you and offered in the colors you want.  Below, we’ll provide a picture of each model, so you can get a feel for its aesthetic, and outline the color options available, noting other differences as applicable.

Some Assembly Required

Given that these chairs ship from overseas, it’s just more efficient to ship them disassembled, so don’t be surprised when you get the box and actually have to spend a bit of time putting the chair together.

The instructions are clear, and the manufacturing quality is top-notch, so everything fits seamlessly together, and construction is a snap.  As with most projects like this, while it’s possible to do it by yourself, having a second pair of hands will be of great benefit.  Also note that for an extra charge, you can order “White Glove” service and have it assembled for you.  Well worth the extra money if you’d rather not be bothered.

Euro-Swivel Chairs Comparison Table

Euro-Swivel Chairs

A Small Image of a Muldal Recliner

Muldal

A Small Image of a Bergen Recliner

Bergen

A Small Image of a Mustang Recliner

Mustang

A Small Image of a Loen Recliner

Loen

A Small Image of a Senator Recliner

Senator

Luraco i7 Chair
A Small Image of a Manjana Recliner

Manjana

Luraco i7 Chair
A Small Image of a Regent Recliner

Regent

Price

$$$ ½

$$$$

$$$$

$$$$ ½

$$$$ ½

$$$$ ¾

$$$$$ ½

Overall Rating

4.83

4.75

4.80

4.70

4.41

4.70

4.43

Value

5.0

4.75

4.75

4.50

4.50

4.25

3.75

Comfort

4.75

4.75

4.90

4.75

4.75

4.75

4.80

Aesthetic Flexibility*

4.75

4.75

4.75

4.75

4.0

4.75

4.75

Pros

Best value of the Euro-Swivel lineup. Well-designed and rugged. Blends in well with most home décor schemes.

Beautifully designed, with a re-engineered headrest for added comfort. Full range of color options available.

Overstuffed, and featuring an extra pillow on the headrest, the Mustang offers a luxuriant seating experience that feels like being wrapped in a hug. Full range of color options available.

Full range of color options available. As beautiful and long-lasting as all of the chairs in this product line.

Full range of color options available. As beautiful and well-built as all of the other chairs offered in this product line.

C-Framed Ottoman. Full range of color options available.

C-Framed Ottoman. Like the Mustang, it offers an extra pillow for the headrest, providing additional comfort.

Cons

None.
*Only offered in Nordic Line colors.

Pricey.

Pricey.

Pricey. Slightly more austere design may not fit in as easily with some home décor schemes.

Pricey.

Pricey.

Pricey. Only available in Softline color options.

Euro-Swivel Chairs - Top Pick

A Small Image Sample of Muldal Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Muldal

RATING

PRICE

$$$ ½

PROS

Best value of the Euro-Swivel lineup. Well-designed and rugged. Blends in well with most home décor schemes.

CONS

None.  *Only offered in Nordic Line colors.

More Specifications...

Euro-Swivel Chairs - 2nd Pick

A Small Image Sample of Bergen Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Bergen

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Beautifully designed, with a re-engineered headrest for added comfort. Full range of color options available.

CONS

Pricey.

More Specifications...

Euro-Swivel Chairs - 3rd Pick

A Small Image Sample of Mustang Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Mustang

RATING

PRICE

$$$$

PROS

Overstuffed, and featuring an extra pillow on the headrest, the Mustang offers a luxuriant seating experience that feels like being wrapped in a hug. Full range of color options available.

CONS

Pricey.

More Specifications...

Euro-Swivel Chairs - 4th Pick

A Small Image Sample of Loen Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Loen

RATING

PRICE

$$$$ ½

PROS

Full range of color options available. As beautiful and long-lasting as all of the chairs in this product line.

CONS

Pricey. Slightly more austere design may not fit in as easily with some home décor schemes.

More Specifications...

Euro-Swivel Chairs - 5th Pick

A Small Image Sample of Senator Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Senator

RATING

PRICE

$$$$ ½

PROS

Full range of color options available. As beautiful and well-built as all of the other chairs offered in this product line.

CONS

Pricey.

More Specifications...

Euro-Swivel Chairs - 6th Pick

A Small Image Sample of Manjana Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Manjana

RATING

PRICE

$$$$ ¾

PROS

C-Framed Ottoman. Full range of color options available.

CONS

Pricey.

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Euro-Swivel Chairs - 7th Pick

A Small Image Sample of Regent Recliners for Fjords Recliners Reviews

Regent

RATING

PRICE

$$$$$ ½

PROS

C-Framed Ottoman. Like the Mustang, it offers an extra pillow for the headrest, providing additional comfort.

CONS

Pricey. Only available in Softline color options.

More Specifications...

*While aesthetics is a matter of taste, aesthetic flexibility is a measure of how easily a given design would fit into a wide range of home décor schemes.

Euro-Swivel Chairs – A Closer Look

Off-White Muldal Recliner and ottoman

Muldal

The Fjords Muldal recliner is available only in Nordic Line colors, although all wood finishes are on offer. Consider this to be the “base model” of the lineup.


Bergen

All three-color lines and all wood finishes are available when you order the Bergen.  Not everyone may like the angle of the headrest on the Muldal, and if that’s a problem for you, note the slight difference in the design of the headrest of the Bergen.  It may be more to your liking.

Black Bergen Recliner and Ottoman

Dark Brown Mustang Recliner and ottoman

Mustang

All three-color lines and all wood finishes are available when you order the Mustang.  Functionally similar to the Muldal, but with slightly more padding and an extra pillow mounted on the headrest for an even more comfortable seating experience.


Loen

All three-color lines and all wood finishes are available when you order the Loen.  The slightly more angled seatback may provide a more relaxing seating experience for some users.

Brown Loen Recliner and ottoman

Black Senator Recliner and ottoman

Senator

All three-color lines and all wood finishes are available when you order the Senator.  This is a bit of a departure from the other models in this product line, and in our view, a not quite successful experiment.  It looks a shade too formal to us, and as such, will struggle more than the other models to fit in seamlessly with a wide range of home décor schemes.  Still, if you’re looking for something a bit more formal, this one might be the perfect fit for you.


Manjana

All three-color lines and all wood finishes are available when you order the Manjana.  A bit of a hybrid, the Manjana features the conventional swivel base, but the Ottoman is built on a C-Frame.

Off White Manjana Recliner and ottoman

Black Regent Recliner and ottoman

Regent

In a bit of a departure, only the Softline color options are available on the Regent, although all wood finish options are open to you.

This is another hybrid design, featuring the chair on a swivel base with the Ottoman built on a C-Frame.  Essentially, this is like the Bergen, but with slightly more padding and an extra pillow mounted on the headrest.  In that regard, it’s akin to the Mustang’s improvements over the Muldal.

Euro-C Frame Chairs Comparison Table

Euro-C Frame Chairs

A Small Image of red Trandal Recliner and ottoman

Trandal

A Small Image of black Admiral Recliner and ottoman

Admiral

A Small Image of beige Giske Recliner and ottoman

Giske

Price

$$$$$$

$$$$$$

$$$$$$ ½

Overall Rating

4.58

4.58